As many of you could have guessed, I am a collector of fine art. Only the classiest and most expensive pieces deserve space on my walls. Last weekend I spent time perusing a wonderful assortment of works by a variety of artists and selected a couple to add to my collection. One in particular I thought may be of interest to you fellow birders...
Yes, this fine gem set me back about 700 pennies over at a boutique in southeast Portland (Le Goodwill, I believe it was called). I don't really understand the piece but I find myself staring at it quite a bit.
Back to the land of real birds... Yesterday morning I took the dogs for a walk along Broughton Beach which is a whole lot more interesting in the winter. Still, it was a nice walk with lots of funny plumaged gulls...
And at least one gull that was not an identification nightmare:
An Osprey family put on a nice aerial show for me as the three birds glided and soared and all that good stuff, often right over my head.
It's hard to see but this bird was giving me a major stare-down. And everyone loves a good bird + bridge shot, right?
Mmm, I-205 in all of its glory. When I walk this area I usually turn around at the Sea Scout base- mainly because I like to peek in the mini-marina for ducks and things. One of their docks is being reclaimed by nature...
I like to walk back along the bike path because it offers a good vantage point for seeing what's perched on the airport fences. Unfortunately yesterday there were no birds at all, not even a Red-tailed Hawk. Some jets started taking off which are mind-blowingly loud.
I stopped by Force Lake on my way home and found more weird domestic (possibly hybrid) Mallard families. They really seem to be taking over this summer unlike the last couple and I'm really hoping this does not affect the ducks that come in the fall/winter. At least the young ones are kinda cute.
And that's all I have to share today... I promise to track down some more interesting birds this weekend so you won't have to look at Mallards again. Good times!